Rāmāyana |Kiṣkindha Kaṇḍa| Chapter 57

57. Angada Tells their Story to Sampathi

[The monkeys feel the vulture would eat them all and Angada tells Sampathi the story of Rāma as well as their story till that time.]

Though monkey commanders heard the husky voice of the vulture, they did not believe him because his actions may be different. 57.1

Those monkeys who were sitting to give up their souls, seeing that vulture became furious thinking that, "This vulture would eat us all." 57.2

"If it wishes to eat us who are sitting here for giving up life, then by giving up our life in a speedy manner, we would become happy of that achievement," 57.3

When all the monkey lords made up their mind this way, some of them went up the mountain and brought the vulture down and Angada spoke to it. 57.4

"Oh bird, Riksharaja a valorous and outstanding monkey who was the king of monkeys was my noble grandfather. Sugrīva and Vali are his sons and both of them were greatly strong and my father Vali, who was renowned all over the world became the king." 57.5-57.6

"From the family of Ikshvāku there was a great charioteer called Rāma who was the son of Dasaratha, as per the instructions of his father and upholding righteous character along with his brother Lakṣmaṇa and wife Vaidehī started living in Daṇḍakāraṇya." 57.7-57.8

"His wife was abducted by Rāvaṇa using force and the great vulture called Jatāyu who was the friend of Rāma's father, saw that princess of Videha being abducted." 57.9

"He made Rāvaṇa chariot less and also held over Maithili but by then he was greatly tired and that old one was killed in battle by Rāvaṇa." 57.10

"Thus that vulture was killed by the might of Rāvaṇa and Rāma performed his funeral rites and he attained salvation." 57.11

"Then Rāma entered in to a treaty with Sugrīva my father's brother and killed my father, because my father was against Sugrīva and all his ministers and Rāma after killing my father crowned Sugrīva." 57.12-57.13

"After establishing Sugrīva as the king, the king of all monkeys sent all the monkey chiefs to different places and we have come here." 57.14

"And as per instruction of Rāma we are searching for Vaidehī here and there in all places and like the sun at night. we have not been able to get her." 57.15

"After searching Daṇḍakāraṇya extremely well, due to ignorance we fell in to a great hole which is widely opened." 57.16

"When we were searching in that hole created by the magic of Maya, the one month time fixed by our king for the search got over." 57.17

"We all, who are supposed to execute the orders of the monkey king, since the time limit got exceeded, became scared and decided to give up our life by fasting." 57.18

"When we go back exceeding our time limit the angry Rāma, Sugrīva and Lakṣmaṇa would kill all of us." 57.19

This is the end of Fifty Seventh Sarga of Kiṣkindha Kanda which occurs in Holy Rāmāyaṇa composed by Vālmīki as the First Epic.